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New Team Member: Heather Billings, Designer/Developer


Heather Billings

We are pleased to announce that Heather Billings will be joining the Lab as a designer and developer. Heather comes to us from the Chicago Tribune, where she has been a member of the News Apps team for the past three years.

I’m very excited to have the chance to work with Heather again. When we brought her onto the team at the Chicago Tribune, I was already impressed by her smart, humane, and generous presence on social media. The two of us worked most closely on the Crime in Chicagoland website—Heather’s great design sensibility was critical to converting millions of rows of data into meaningful, contextualized information for our readers. Most recently, Heather helped the team build election night applications for seven Tribune Publishing newspapers in six states.

In addition to her design eye and development chops, Heather brings a strong commitment to helping journalists get smarter. She’s helped to put on training workshops for ONA, NICAR, and SND, and served as co-program chair for the ONA 2014 conference.

We are thrilled to welcome Heather to the team, and not just because of her belief in “the power of baked goods to bring positive change to society.”

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About Posted on November 10, 2014 Posted by

Joe Germuska

Chief nerd
Joe is Knight Lab's executive director, although he prefers the title “Chief Nerd.” Before joining us, Joe was on the Chicago Tribune News Apps team. Outside of work, Joe serves on the board of directors for City Bureau. He also hosts a weekly radio show on WNUR-FM – Conference of the Birds.